TAD Press Release: June 21, 2011
Media contact: TAD President Larry Evans at [email protected]
Subject: Results of the 46th biennial conference in Big Spring (SWCID)
Austin – Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) is pleased to announce the
results of the 46th conference in Big Spring, Texas, which took place from
June 16 to 18 at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID). More
than 100 registered people braved the daily century temperatures that went
as high as 113 degrees. It was TAD’s 125th birthday celebration, too, but
no proverbial fireworks, due to extreme drought warnings.
Making sure everyone was kept cool were the co-chairs Kathy Weldon and
Steven Meyer. Keynoters were Mark Gobble, Carrie Lou Garberoglio and Howard
A. Rosenblum. Giving the opening welcome remarks with a strong historical
emphasis was Dr. Cheryl L. Sparks, President of Howard County Junior College
District. Dr. Sparks pointed out that TAD played a primary role in the
establishment of SWCID as far back as 1979. She singled out three founding
faculty members in the audience: Larry D. Evans, Marcus Myers and Dr. Steve
Baldwin, officers of TAD during the awards event.
Award winners at the conference as follows:
TAD Presidential Awards: Anita Dallas, Amanda Tuite, Billy Collins, Jr.,
Kathy Weldon, Steve Meyer, SWCID
Special Awards: Barrientos Award to Jose Ovi Velasquez, Arnold Award to
TAD Volunteer Award: Chris Kearney, Marilyn Swanson, Peggy Ann Wenger
TAD Education Award: Claire Bugen, Susie Grona
TAD Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Steve Baldwin
TAD/NAD Golden Hand Award: Susan Tiller
Chaired by Karl Ewan, one of the highlights of the conference was the
election of officers for 2011 to 2013, which is as follows:
President: Larry D. Evans (Austin)
Vice President: Marcus Myers (Corpus Christi)
Secretary: Marianne Sasseen (Rowlett)
Treasurer: Steven Meyer (Big Spring)
Director for six years: Paul Rutowski (Austin)
2nd Director: Cindi Nagy -2 years left (Plano)
3rd Director: Susie Grona – 4 years left (Hideaway)
Historically speaking, Evans is the first person to serve in the
presidential capacity in three different decades since TAD was founded in
1886. Sasseen will serve as secretary for the second time, which is a rare
feat. Newest officer is Steven Meyer as treasurer. Former President Paul
Rutowski is the newest board director who will make sure some of the TAD
goals of reaching out to the Texas youth remain intact.
Texas Association of the Deaf is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that
was organized in 1886 to safeguard the rights of deaf and hard of hearing
Texans. Please visit our website at http://www.deaftexas.org for more details.
Don’t forget the Miss Deaf Texas Ambassador on July 23 in Houston!
Check out the website DeafTexas.org for information.